261299 Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a community-academic partnership consultation model

Monday, October 29, 2012

Molly M. De Marco, PhD, MPH , Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Kristin Z. Black, MPH , Gillings School of Global Public Health / Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Melvin Jackson, MSPH , Strengthening The Black Family, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Barbara Council , Community HIV/AIDS REACH Out Program, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
Mysha Wynn, MA , Project Momentum, Inc., Rocky Mount, NC
Melvin R. Muhammad, AA , Essential Engagement Inc., Tarboro, NC
Christina Hardy, MPH , Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Bonnie Jones, MSW, MSPH , Global Health, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD , Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Background: RE-AIM, a tool to evaluate public health programs, was used to evaluate a community-academic partnership consultation model developed by the UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and community-based researchers statewide. In this model, community and university-based individuals skilled in Community-Based Participatory Research provide consultation to existing partnerships through a charrette process, a planning process that harnesses the expertise of all parties to create a plan for transformative community change.

Methods: The RE-AIM framework was used to evaluate this charrette model by assessing the model's Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance. Community experts providing the consultation were interviewed. Participants completed a Multi-dimensional Assessment of Partnerships before and after the charrette to assess the charrette's benefits. Community and academic partnership leads were also interviewed about their experience with the charrettes.

Results: A pool of 16 community experts was assembled. Charrettes have been conducted with 8 partnerships. Community experts reported being very satisfied with their participation and compensation, noting they had not been compensated for these things before. The charrette model has been adopted by several studies. Community experts have received new opportunities to provide consultation. The charrette model and the community expert pool have become integrated into the larger parent grant and are being extended nationwide.

Conclusions: Our use of the RE-AIM framework to evaluate the charrette process can serve as a model for comprehensive evaluations of individual and institutional effects of programs to increase the amount and rigor of community-academic partnerships' research.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
1) Explain how to use the RE-AIM framework as an evaluation tool for a community-academic partnership consultation model. 2) Demonstrate how the charrette process can be incorporated into Community-Based Participatory Research as a capacity building method. 3) Describe the impact of connecting burgeoning community-academic partnerships with community and academic experts in Community-Based Participatory Research.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This is the second federally-funded grant on which I have been the co-investigator working to implement the charrette model with community experts and I lead the evaluation of this charrette model.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.